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28 April 2021

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Capital Markets 

SGX consults on proposed listing framework for SPACs 

Corporate / M&A 

Covid-19: MinLaw further extends duration of legislation for alternative meeting arrangements 

Dispute Resolution 

Singapore Court of Appeal affirms foreign-incorporated entities prohibited from self-representation before Singapore International Commercial Court  

Employment

Covid-19: MOM updates advisory on requirements for safe management measures at the workplace to allow greater flexibility for businesses 

Financial Regulatory

MAS issues response to feedback from consultation on proposed implementation of final Basel III reforms on credit risk capital and output floor requirements, consults on draft standards

Industry Steering Committee announce new timelines to cease issuance of SOR derivatives and SOR-linked financial products

ABS, MAS publish study on enhancing resilience of future workplace of financial institutions

FinTech

MAS issues infographic on Strengthening AML/CFT Controls of Digital Payment Token Service Providers

Public Policy

Singapore ratifies Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement 

Singapore ratifies ASEAN Trade in Services Agreement 

White Collar & Investigations 

MinLaw introduces new registration scheme and notification requirements for precious stones and precious metals dealers, and provides online training for submission of semi-annual returns 

Regional News 

Malaysia 

Securities Commission and Bursa Malaysia to grant waiver for companies seeking to list 

Bank Negara Malaysia announces further liberalisation of foreign exchange policy 

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission announces first corporate liability charge in relation to bribery  

Malaysia Ministry of Housing and Local Government issues guidelines allowing licensed moneylenders to provide loans online from May 2021

Malaysia amends winding-up threshold

Malaysia’s Federal Court lays down principles on fixed term contracts and permanent employment  

Malaysia’s Federal Court holds service charge cannot be utilised to pay minimum wages 

Indonesia 

Indonesia statutory holiday allowance (THR): Only negligible relief for employers

Company fined Rp3.3 billion for late acquisition notification

Indonesian Commercial Court renders its first decision following the appeal procedure changes for competition cases

Vietnam

Vietnam issues new guidance on implementation of Law on Land and Law on Residential Housing

Publications

The International Comparative Legal Guide to Enforcement of Foreign Judgments 2021

Global Legal Insights to International Arbitration 2021

IBA Asia Pacific Regional Forum: Recent developments in Singapore arbitration law

Practical Law Cross-border Commercial Transactions: Supply of goods Q&A

Practical Law Cross-border Intellectual Property: Intellectual property right licences Q&A and intellectual property right assignments Q&A

Practical Law Merger Control Global Guide

Practical Law Restraints of Trade Global Guide

Deals

Proposed listing of Grab on NASDAQ through a US$39.6 billion business combination with special purpose acquisition company Altimeter Growth Corp.  

S$10.3 billion proposed strategic restructuring and demerger of the investment management platforms of CapitaLand Limited

S$1.160 billion rights issue of new ordinary shares by Frasers Property Limited

S$1.094 billion voluntary conditional cash offer for GL Limited 

Issue of US$643 million asset-backed securities by Astrea VI Pte. Ltd.

S$633.8 million term and revolving credit facilities to BPH Propco LLP

Launch of the Singapore Financial Data Exchange 

Awards & Rankings 

Allen & Gledhill wins Singapore Corporate & Finance Domestic Law Advisers award at Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2021